Dear YuMMies,

Each year, the You Matter Marathon generates countless special moments of connection and appreciation all over the world. I wanted to share two stories from past marathons with you today.

Janine shares her You Matter cards year-round and experienced this special moment:

“New Year 2020 was tragic here in Australia with all of the bushfires. It gave me a renewed sense of gratitude for my life, my home, my friends, my job. Grateful for simple things like my favorite t-shirt, growing flowers, and my ability to walk pain-free.

Having participated in the You Matter Marathon for a few years now, I continue to share cards all year round. I find it is especially important to connect with others when the world seems in crisis mode. I always have cards in my wallet and as I travel through my day, I try to pay particular attention to strangers. I wonder how their day began—was it with three children getting ready for school, an aged parent, or alone? Are they happy driving the bus today or looking for a new job? I see others through the eyes of shared humanity and when I give a card out, I look people in the eye, smile, and say, ‘This is for you.’

This morning I gave out two cards to the ladies in the gas station, they were so happy and said, ‘That’s fantastic, that made our day.’ It is such a simple gesture to notice people and feel our sameness with everyone. I love taking the time to appreciate others, it makes my day.”

What You Can Do
If you have a memorable You Matter Marathon story that you would like to share, we would love to read it. Please send an email to

We hope to see the YMM impact spread even further in 2022. Please share with your friends. If you’ve been moved by the You Matter Marathon – help us continue to spread You Matter magic.

You matter.


Cheryl Rice, Founder

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